---- the racing industry in NZ does not understand it is a waste of space
........................financial relief for the industry, which contributes $1.6 billion to the New Zealand economy............
These useless 'contribution' assessments have no regard for the alternative contribution those employed in the racing industry could make actually doing something 'useful'.
Racing in NZ is on a par with the struggling states in Australia.
Only RNSW remains really relevant in Australia -- and it wastes punters taxes with gay abandon to prop up rural racing rorts.
Even RVL is, somehow, locked into a death wish -- it temporary saviour being the inability of Melbourne punters to realize when they are being take for a ride (as absolute mugs). They will wake up and they will be unforgiving!
The relevant role of NZ racing is to provide agistment facilities for breeding stock and slow-maturing racehorses.